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Contrasting Colors: Painting a Side Table in Gray and White

I painted this lovely little side table with my friend in mind. She just purchased her first home and is in the process of moving in. I painted it in a custom gray chalk paint to coordinate with a dresser she currently uses as her tv stand. To change things up but still keep it neutral, I went over the top in Annie Sloan's Old White. I don't do this technique often [though I should!], but I find the contrast in colors brings more attention to the details of the base [and the details are classic and stunning!]. I ran out of clear wax [which is quite a feat since cans of wax last an eternity!] so I used white wax to seal the entire piece.  I like how white wax is still quite subtle, but sits nicely in the crevices of the details, adding a slight highlighting effect. I thought it would make a perfect piece to go alongside her sofa, but unfortunately, the wall her sofa sits on isn't long enough to have this table on it, so I sadly had to nix that idea! Currently it's up for sale in my shop, but if I'm able to make it work for her, it may end up in her space after all. We shall see!